Barracks to open doors

Photo Neil Cross'Youngsters currently staying in the Streetlife homeless shelter at Weeton Barracks
Photo Neil Cross'Youngsters currently staying in the Streetlife homeless shelter at Weeton Barracks
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Ever wondered what life is like on an Army base?

Then a special open day celebrating the patron saint of England could be for you.

Weeton Barracks will turn red and white as soldiers mark St George’s Day with a special open event this weekend.

Troops from the Second Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, will meet with guests and visitors on Saturday as the base opens its doors.

The battalion, also known as 2 LANCS, was part of the UK’s deployment in the Afghanistan conflict between April and October 2013.

Capt Will Holden, of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, said: “The regiment historically celebrates St George’s Day with a social event.

“This year, 2 LANCS will hold a Battalion Open Day on Saturday.

“The aim of the open day is to develop the battalion’s family cohesion, demonstrate the battalion’s capability and engage with the local community and the wider Army family.”

The last 12 months have been a busy period for the troops.

Three groups of soldiers returned from the Falkland Islands in January, and have been deployed on a three-week exercise in Latvia.

The group has also provided officers and soldiers to lead short-term training teams around the world, working with defence forces in Burundi and Uganda in Africa.

This summer, soldiers will visit Kenya for a six-week training course, followed by taking on the role of the UK’s standby battalion for six months.

Capt Holden said this weekend’s event will help people to see what an Army base looks like – as well as enjoy some entertainment from the troops.

He added: “The open day will comprise a series of fun activities including a Weeton bake-off, dog show, charity stocks, bouncy castle, a tavern, hog roast, Fiji food stand, archery stand and a bobsleigh stand.

“The open day will also see demonstrations of the battalion’s equipment, a mock battle and a physical test race.”

He added: “A football and rugby league match between the battalion team and the Yorkshire regiment will also take place.”

For more information about events on the day, call Capt Will Holden on 07842 590363.